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    Wireless probs with old laptop and Linksys router...

    Hi all,

    I've acquired an old(ish) Toshiba Portege laptop and installed Xubuntu 12.04 (that's about all it'll handle).

    A wired connection to my Linksys E2000 Wireless Router (yeah, I know ) works just fine, but no matter what I try it won't connect wirelessly.

    I'm technically an "enthusiastic noob", pleeease take that into account?

    Either that or it's off to replace the Linksys with something that's X/Ubuntu friendly?

    Anyone any ideas?

    Saber x (UK based , ISP = Virgin Media (cable))
    Last edited by overdrank; December 28th, 2012 at 01:33 PM. Reason: please use default font

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    Re: Wireless probs with old laptop and Linksys router...


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    Re: Wireless probs with old laptop and Linksys router...

    Please show your hardware and other infos via terminal outputs:
    Code:
    lspci -nnk | grep -iA2 net
    lsusb
    lsmod
    iwconfig
    rfkill list
    sudo iwlist scan

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    Re: Wireless probs with old laptop and Linksys router...

    Quote Originally Posted by praseodym View Post
    Please show your hardware and other infos via terminal outputs:
    Code:
    lspci -nnk | grep -iA2 net
    lsusb
    lsmod
    iwconfig
    rfkill list
    sudo iwlist scan

    Thank you praseodym - sorry about the delay... never known a new year hangover to last THAT long! :(

    Info follows...


    saber@wintermute:~$ lspci -nnk | grep -iA2 net
    00:0a.0 Ethernet controller [0200]: Intel Corporation 82557/8/9/0/1 Ethernet Pro 100 [8086:1229] (rev 0d)
    Subsystem: Toshiba America Info Systems 8255x-based Ethernet Adapter (10/100) [1179:0001]
    Kernel driver in use: e100
    Kernel modules: e100


    saber@wintermute:~$ lsusb
    Bus 001 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0001 Linux Foundation 1.1 root hub
    Bus 001 Device 002: ID 15d9:0a4f Trust International B.V.
    Bus 001 Device 003: ID 0930:0502 Toshiba Corp. Integrated Bluetooth


    saber@wintermute:~$ lsmod
    Module Size Used by
    dm_crypt 22528 1
    michael_mic 12540 4
    snd_atiixp_modem 18604 0
    snd_via82xx_modem 18377 0
    snd_intel8x0m 18498 0
    orinoco_cs 12898 1
    orinoco 70112 1 orinoco_cs
    cfg80211 178877 1 orinoco
    btusb 17948 1
    snd_ali5451 23459 3
    snd_ac97_codec 110213 4 snd_atiixp_modem,snd_via82xx_modem,snd_intel8x0m,s nd_ali5451
    ac97_bus 12642 1 snd_ac97_codec
    snd_pcm 80916 5 snd_atiixp_modem,snd_via82xx_modem,snd_intel8x0m,s nd_ali5451,snd_ac97_codec
    snd_seq_midi 13132 0
    snd_rawmidi 25424 1 snd_seq_midi
    snd_seq_midi_event 14475 1 snd_seq_midi
    snd_seq 51592 2 snd_seq_midi,snd_seq_midi_event
    pcmcia 39826 1 orinoco_cs
    snd_timer 28931 2 snd_pcm,snd_seq
    psmouse 96718 0
    snd_seq_device 14172 3 snd_seq_midi,snd_rawmidi,snd_seq
    serio_raw 13027 0
    snd 62218 16 snd_atiixp_modem,snd_via82xx_modem,snd_intel8x0m,s nd_ali5451,snd_ac97_codec,snd_pcm,snd_rawmidi,snd_ seq,snd_timer,snd_seq_device
    yenta_socket 27428 0
    pcmcia_rsrc 18367 1 yenta_socket
    pcmcia_core 21511 4 orinoco_cs,pcmcia,yenta_socket,pcmcia_rsrc
    i2c_ali15x3 12878 0
    i2c_ali1535 12777 0
    soundcore 14635 1 snd
    smsc_ircc2 28358 0
    irda 185517 1 smsc_ircc2
    snd_page_alloc 14115 4 snd_atiixp_modem,snd_via82xx_modem,snd_intel8x0m,s nd_pcm
    crc_ccitt 12627 1 irda
    shpchp 32325 0
    bnep 17830 2
    parport_pc 32114 1
    rfcomm 38139 4
    bluetooth 158479 13 btusb,rfcomm,bnep
    ppdev 12849 0
    toshiba_acpi 18158 0
    sparse_keymap 13658 1 toshiba_acpi
    toshiba_bluetooth 12711 0
    wmi 18744 1 toshiba_acpi
    mac_hid 13077 0
    lp 17455 0
    parport 40930 3 parport_pc,ppdev,lp
    vesafb 13516 1
    firewire_ohci 40180 0
    usbhid 41937 0
    firewire_core 56940 1 firewire_ohci
    crc_itu_t 12627 1 firewire_core
    pata_ali 13562 2
    e100 36289 0
    ali_agp 12957 1
    hid 77428 1 usbhid
    video 19068 0


    saber@wintermute:~$ iwconfig
    lo no wireless extensions.

    eth1 IEEE 802.11b ESSID:"Cisco39879"
    Mode:Managed Frequency:2.457 GHz Access Point: None
    Bit Rate:11 Mb/s Sensitivity:1/0
    Retry limit:8 RTS thr=2347 B Fragment thr:off
    Power Management:off
    Link Quality=70/70 Signal level=-32 dBm Noise level=-122 dBm
    Rx invalid nwid:0 Rx invalid crypt:0 Rx invalid frag:53
    Tx excessive retries:0 Invalid misc:0 Missed beacon:0

    irda0 no wireless extensions.

    eth0 no wireless extensions.


    saber@wintermute:~$ rfkill list
    0: Toshiba Bluetooth: Bluetooth
    Soft blocked: no
    Hard blocked: no
    1: hci0: Bluetooth
    Soft blocked: no
    Hard blocked: no
    2: phy0: Wireless LAN
    Soft blocked: no
    Hard blocked: no


    saber@wintermute:~$ sudo iwlist scan
    lo Interface doesn't support scanning.

    eth1 Scan completed :
    Cell 01 - Address: C0:C1:C0:20:FA:D7
    Channel:6
    Frequency:2.437 GHz (Channel 6)
    Quality=70/70 Signal level=-34 dBm
    Encryption key:off
    ESSID:"Cisco39879"
    Bit Rates:1 Mb/s; 2 Mb/s; 5.5 Mb/s; 11 Mb/s; 18 Mb/s
    24 Mb/s; 36 Mb/s; 54 Mb/s
    Bit Rates:6 Mb/s; 9 Mb/s; 12 Mb/s; 48 Mb/s
    Mode:Master
    Extra:tsf=000000042afd6ce0
    Extra: Last beacon: 168ms ago
    IE: Unknown: 000A436973636F3339383739
    IE: Unknown: 010882848B962430486C
    IE: Unknown: 030106
    IE: Unknown: 2A0102
    IE: Unknown: 2F0102
    IE: Unknown: 32040C121860
    IE: Unknown: 2D1AFC181BFFFF000000000000000000000000000000000000 000000
    IE: Unknown: 3D1606001300000000000000000000000000000000000000
    IE: Unknown: 4A0E14000A002C01C800140005001900
    IE: Unknown: 7F0101
    IE: Unknown: DD810050F204104A00011010440001011041000100103B0001 03104700104B3D6652EFC3C44A1572F70CC7C7BAA71021000C 4C696E6B73797320496E632E1023000D4C696E6B7379732045 323030301024000776312E302E303310420002343210540008 00060050F20400011011000D4C696E6B737973204532303030 100800020084
    IE: Unknown: DD090010180200F0040000
    IE: Unknown: DD180050F2020101800003A4000027A4000042435E0062322F 00
    IE: Unknown: DD1E00904C33FC181BFFFF0000000000000000000000000000 00000000000000
    IE: Unknown: DD1A00904C3406001300000000000000000000000000000000 000000
    Cell 02 - Address: 32:D1:5E:C0:9A:92
    Channel:1
    Frequency:2.412 GHz (Channel 1)
    Quality=26/70 Signal level=-84 dBm
    Encryption key:off
    ESSID:"BTWiFi"
    Bit Rates:1 Mb/s; 2 Mb/s; 5.5 Mb/s; 11 Mb/s; 18 Mb/s
    24 Mb/s; 36 Mb/s; 54 Mb/s
    Bit Rates:6 Mb/s; 9 Mb/s; 12 Mb/s; 48 Mb/s
    Mode:Master
    Extra:tsf=0000007f0f6693c2
    Extra: Last beacon: 244ms ago
    IE: Unknown: 0006425457694669
    IE: Unknown: 010882848B962430486C
    IE: Unknown: 030101
    IE: Unknown: 2A0100
    IE: Unknown: 2F0100
    IE: Unknown: 32040C121860
    IE: Unknown: 2D1AFC181BFFFF000000000000000000000000000000000000 000000
    IE: Unknown: 3D1601001500000000000000000000000000000000000000
    IE: Unknown: DD090010180201F0040000
    IE: Unknown: DD180050F2020101800003A4000027A4000042435E0062322F 00
    Cell 03 - Address: 32:D1:5E:C0:9A:93
    Channel:1
    Frequency:2.412 GHz (Channel 1)
    Quality=25/70 Signal level=-85 dBm
    Encryption key:off
    ESSID:"BTWiFi-with-FON"
    Bit Rates:1 Mb/s; 2 Mb/s; 5.5 Mb/s; 11 Mb/s; 18 Mb/s
    24 Mb/s; 36 Mb/s; 54 Mb/s
    Bit Rates:6 Mb/s; 9 Mb/s; 12 Mb/s; 48 Mb/s
    Mode:Master
    Extra:tsf=0000007f0f66a258
    Extra: Last beacon: 244ms ago
    IE: Unknown: 000F4254576946692D776974682D464F4E
    IE: Unknown: 010882848B962430486C
    IE: Unknown: 030101
    IE: Unknown: 2A0100
    IE: Unknown: 2F0100
    IE: Unknown: 32040C121860
    IE: Unknown: 2D1AFC181BFFFF000000000000000000000000000000000000 000000
    IE: Unknown: 3D1601001500000000000000000000000000000000000000
    IE: Unknown: DD090010180201F0040000
    IE: Unknown: DD180050F2020101800003A4000027A4000042435E0062322F 00
    Cell 04 - Address: 06:21:04:C6:D2:D2
    Channel:6
    Frequency:2.437 GHz (Channel 6)
    Quality=23/70 Signal level=-87 dBm
    Encryption key:off
    ESSID:"BTWiFi"
    Bit Rates:1 Mb/s; 2 Mb/s; 5.5 Mb/s; 11 Mb/s; 6 Mb/s
    9 Mb/s; 12 Mb/s; 18 Mb/s
    Bit Rates:24 Mb/s; 36 Mb/s; 48 Mb/s; 54 Mb/s
    Mode:Master
    Extra:tsf=000001313af3aa56
    Extra: Last beacon: 196ms ago
    IE: Unknown: 0006425457694669
    IE: Unknown: 010882848B960C121824
    IE: Unknown: 030106
    IE: Unknown: 2A0107
    IE: Unknown: 32043048606C
    IE: Unknown: DD180050F2020101880003A4000027A4000042435E0062322F 00
    IE: Unknown: 2D1A4C101B0000000000000000000000000000000000000000 000000
    IE: Unknown: 3D1606001B00000000000000000000000000000000000000
    IE: Unknown: DD0900037F01010020FF7F
    IE: Unknown: DD0A00037F04010000000000
    Cell 05 - Address: C8:D1:5E:C0:9A:91
    Channel:1
    Frequency:2.412 GHz (Channel 1)
    Quality=24/70 Signal level=-86 dBm
    Encryption key:on
    ESSID:"BTHub3-ZMR7"
    Bit Rates:1 Mb/s; 2 Mb/s; 5.5 Mb/s; 11 Mb/s; 18 Mb/s
    24 Mb/s; 36 Mb/s; 54 Mb/s
    Bit Rates:6 Mb/s; 9 Mb/s; 12 Mb/s; 48 Mb/s
    Mode:Master
    Extra:tsf=0000007f0f668aae
    Extra: Last beacon: 248ms ago
    IE: Unknown: 000B4254487562332D5A4D5237
    IE: Unknown: 010882848B962430486C
    IE: Unknown: 030101
    IE: Unknown: 2A0100
    IE: Unknown: 2F0100
    IE: WPA Version 1
    Group Cipher : TKIP
    Pairwise Ciphers (2) : CCMP TKIP
    Authentication Suites (1) : PSK
    IE: IEEE 802.11i/WPA2 Version 1
    Group Cipher : TKIP
    Pairwise Ciphers (2) : CCMP TKIP
    Authentication Suites (1) : PSK
    IE: Unknown: 32040C121860
    IE: Unknown: 2D1AFC181BFFFF000000000000000000000000000000000000 000000
    IE: Unknown: 3D1601001500000000000000000000000000000000000000
    IE: Unknown: DD090010180201F0040000
    IE: Unknown: DD180050F2020101800003A4000027A4000042435E0062322F 00

    irda0 Interface doesn't support scanning.

    eth0 Interface doesn't support scanning.

    saber@wintermute:~$

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    Re: Wireless probs with old laptop and Linksys router...

    It looks like a pcmcia card (module orinoco is loaded): Please show also:
    Code:
    pccardctl info
    dmesg | egrep 'ori|eth1'

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    Talking Re: Wireless probs with old laptop and Linksys router...

    What wireless card do you have?

    Looks like there isn't a driver loaded for any card with your lsmod output.

    Though I know this is a driver issue, but in some cases if your router has something like Mac filtering on, then you'll have to enable that WiFi card's Mac IP into your router's configuration. But then again, I don't believe that your router is the culprit

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    Re: Wireless probs with old laptop and Linksys router...

    Quote Originally Posted by praseodym View Post
    It looks like a pcmcia card (module orinoco is loaded): Please show also:
    Code:
    pccardctl info
    dmesg | egrep 'ori|eth1'


    Sorry about the delay (again) praseodym, PSU blew up. The laptop was essentially free - and I'm beginning to suspect why.

    Requested info follows...

    saber@wintermute:~$ pccardctl info
    PRODID_1="TOSHIBA
    "
    PRODID_2="Wireless LAN Card
    "
    PRODID_3="Version 01.01
    "
    PRODID_4=""
    MANFID=0156,0002
    FUNCID=6
    PRODID_1=""
    PRODID_2=""
    PRODID_3=""
    PRODID_4=""
    MANFID=0000,0000
    FUNCID=255
    PRODID_1=""
    PRODID_2=""
    PRODID_3=""
    PRODID_4=""
    MANFID=0000,0000
    FUNCID=255


    saber@wintermute:~$ dmesg | egrep 'ori|eth1'
    [76501.137953] eth1: Lucent/Agere firmware doesn't support manual roaming
    [76506.395520] eth1: Lucent/Agere firmware doesn't support manual roaming
    [76511.597614] eth1: Lucent/Agere firmware doesn't support manual roaming
    [76516.792451] eth1: Lucent/Agere firmware doesn't support manual roaming
    [76522.300365] eth1: Lucent/Agere firmware doesn't support manual roaming
    [76527.526351] eth1: Lucent/Agere firmware doesn't support manual roaming
    [76532.750183] eth1: Lucent/Agere firmware doesn't support manual roaming
    [76537.974975] eth1: Lucent/Agere firmware doesn't support manual roaming
    [76543.248959] eth1: Lucent/Agere firmware doesn't support manual roaming
    [76548.491266] eth1: Lucent/Agere firmware doesn't support manual roaming
    [76553.696575] eth1: Lucent/Agere firmware doesn't support manual roaming
    [76558.881187] eth1: Lucent/Agere firmware doesn't support manual roaming
    [76564.168356] eth1: Lucent/Agere firmware doesn't support manual roaming
    [76569.359183] eth1: Lucent/Agere firmware doesn't support manual roaming
    [76574.604513] eth1: Lucent/Agere firmware doesn't support manual roaming

    .
    .
    .
    (1500 lines of this, I don't imagine you need to see it all?)
    .
    .
    .

    [95742.472331] eth1: Lucent/Agere firmware doesn't support manual roaming
    [95747.684410] eth1: Lucent/Agere firmware doesn't support manual roaming
    [95752.865107] eth1: Lucent/Agere firmware doesn't support manual roaming
    [95758.106144] eth1: Lucent/Agere firmware doesn't support manual roaming
    [95763.317009] eth1: Lucent/Agere firmware doesn't support manual roaming
    [95768.592381] eth1: Lucent/Agere firmware doesn't support manual roaming
    [95773.784614] eth1: Lucent/Agere firmware doesn't support manual roaming
    [95778.992599] eth1: Lucent/Agere firmware doesn't support manual roaming
    [95784.211263] eth1: Lucent/Agere firmware doesn't support manual roaming
    [95789.430710] eth1: Lucent/Agere firmware doesn't support manual roaming
    [95794.616740] eth1: Lucent/Agere firmware doesn't support manual roaming
    [95979.876694] ADDRCONF(NETDEV_UP): eth1: link is not ready
    [95986.708457] ADDRCONF(NETDEV_UP): eth1: link is not ready
    [95991.894799] ADDRCONF(NETDEV_UP): eth1: link is not ready
    [96002.908750] ADDRCONF(NETDEV_UP): eth1: link is not ready
    [96010.880415] ADDRCONF(NETDEV_UP): eth1: link is not ready
    [96014.864701] ADDRCONF(NETDEV_UP): eth1: link is not ready
    saber@wintermute:~$


    Thanks again praseodym

    Saber

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    Re: Wireless probs with old laptop and Linksys router...

    Try "the other" module for this kind of cards:
    Code:
    sudo modprobe -rfv orinoco_cs
    sudo modprobe -v hostap_cs
    dmesg | grep hostap
    iwconfig

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    Re: Wireless probs with old laptop and Linksys router...

    Quote Originally Posted by praseodym View Post
    Try "the other" module for this kind of cards:
    Code:
    sudo modprobe -rfv orinoco_cs
    sudo modprobe -v hostap_cs
    dmesg | grep hostap
    iwconfig
    Had a few problems with this praseodym.

    sudo modprobe -rfv orinoco_cs

    returned: 'FATAL: Module orinoco_cs is in use'

    I tried blacklisting orinoco by adding 'blacklist orinoco_cs' to
    /etc/modprobe.d/blacklist.conf

    Rebooted

    saber@wintermute:/sbin$ sudo modprobe -rfv orinoco_cs

    saber@wintermute:/sbin$ sudo modprobe -v hostap_cs
    insmod /lib/modules/3.2.0-35-generic/kernel/net/wireless/lib80211.ko
    insmod /lib/modules/3.2.0-35-generic/kernel/drivers/pcmcia/pcmcia.ko
    insmod /lib/modules/3.2.0-35-generic/kernel/drivers/net/wireless/hostap/hostap.ko
    insmod /lib/modules/3.2.0-35-generic/kernel/drivers/net/wireless/hostap/hostap_cs.ko

    saber@wintermute:/sbin$ dmesg | grep hostap

    saber@wintermute:/sbin$ iwconfig
    lo no wireless extensions.

    irda0 no wireless extensions.

    eth0 no wireless extensions.

    saber@wintermute:/sbin$


    wireless networking is not for the faint-hearted is it?

    Saber

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    Re: Wireless probs with old laptop and Linksys router...

    Try both drivers with WEP encryption only. Maybe these drivers only work with that.

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